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Tropical picture looks bright for Florida – for now

Although the tropical picture looks busy, at least for Florida it also appears to be pretty optimistic.

The National Hurricane Center now is monitoring four systems, including newly minted Hurricane Igor, and none is likely to pose a threat to the Sunshine State.

Igor, which grew into a hurricane on Saturday night, is projected to start a pronounced turn to the northwest by next Wednesday.

If that prediction holds, the system would steer clear of the Lesser Antilles. It also would remain almost 1,000 miles due east of Miami on Friday as it makes it way north.

At 8 a.m. on Sunday, Igor was in the Atlantic about 1,175 miles east of the Leeward Islands, moving west at 18 mph with sustained winds of 80 mph.

Befitting of its name, Igor is forecast to burgeon into a Category 4 monster with sustained winds of 135 mph within the next three days.

As for the disturbance in the east-central Caribbean, models point it toward Mexico’s Yucatan, although it could bring heavy rain to the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Cuba and Jamaica along the way.

A new depression appears to be forming in the far Eastern Atlantic, and it could end up being the next named storm. If so, it would be called Julia. Models for now indicate that system will aim north out to sea.

The hurricane center also is monitoring a disturbance 900 miles northeast of Bermuda, giving it a low chance of development.

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